George Long

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b. 8 May 1921, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Long learned guitar and began his musical career at the age of 10. In his early teens, with his brothers Harry and Jimmy, he toured playing rodeos and fairs with…
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b. 8 May 1921, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Long learned guitar and began his musical career at the age of 10. In his early teens, with his brothers Harry and Jimmy, he toured playing rodeos and fairs with Roy Knapp’s Rough Riders. He gained radio work at KITE Kansas City, Missouri, eventually fronting the popular dailyHeart Of America Hoedown. During this time, he became leader and lead vocalist with the 101 Ranch Boys and throughout the late 30s, they became a popular act on several other stations playing coast to coast network on WSBA York and WCMB Harrisburg. Later on the advise of Smiley Burnette, they appeared on WLS Chicago. They toured with Gene Autry and were the first C&W band to play Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. During World War II, Long served in the US Naval Air Corps. After the war, he and the 101 Ranch Boys were reunited and during the late 40s and early 50s continued to entertain. In 1946, they recorded for Security and Rich and in 1948, for Columbia Records. When the band broke up around 1955, Long, a qualified pilot, settled in Meza, Arizona and made solo appearances on local radio and television. Long was a fine vocalist but seemingly few of the band’s recordings remain except for a 1985 German compilation of 20 Security, Rich or Columbia recordings.